Exploring the Top PDF Watermarking APIs
When it comes to PDF Watermarking APIs, there are different options out there: In this post, we will compare some of the top APIs that we tried.
Last updated on October 31, 2023
PDF watermarking APIs allow users to add watermarks to PDF Documents, enhancing brand recognition and increasing security. More benefits of using watermarks include:
- Deter unauthorized use
- Prevent copyright infringement
- Brand promotion
- Establish authenticity
Watermark on PDF
In this article, we will explore and compare some of the most popular watermarking APIs.
Features & Functionality
ApyHub allows you to provide source input in both Text and Image to watermark a PDF. Similarly, PDFRest, iLovePDF and PSPDFKit also allow you to provide source input in both Text and Image.
Text watermark (left) & image watermark (right) in a PDF
Whether it's an image watermark or a text watermark, proper alignment and positioning are important in order to ensure that the message of the image is not disrupted. ApyHub offers additional parameter options, such as the watermark's position, rotation angle, opacity, and size. PSPDFKit also allows for some customization, for Dimension, Font, Opacity, Text Color, Text Size, Rotation, Font Style. PDFRest allows you to customize the Font, Opacity, Text Color, Text Size, Rotation, and Offset. iLovePDF allows you to customize Pages, Opacity, Position, Mosaic, Rotation, Font and Text Color.
pdfRest API Documentation Example
SDKs and Client Libraries
PSPDFKit Documentation Page.
Documentation and Tutorials
Apyhub APIs are supported with thorough documentation, including the Authentication method, Error Codes, HTTP Response Codes, and Request Examples. CloudConvert also has rich language-specific documentation but does not include an error and response code. Bannerbear has universal documentation for the developers. Api.video has provided documentation in the form of step by step guide which is easily understandable.
Most of the providers let you test the APIs right from a terminal in the platform. ApyHub also has an API Playground where you can test the APIs in the UI plus you can see the snippet of the provided input in cURL. pdfRest offers a really rich API Lab for developers.
iLovePDF and PSPDFKit don’t seem to have any API Playground, although they provide you with cURL to test APIs in tools Postman/Hopscotch.
PDFRest API Lab
ApyHub has served *99.99% of uptime. PSPDFKit, iLovePDF, and pdfRest also claim to have high uptime.
This is subject to change but at the time of writing, all providers offer a subscription-based tiered model including a free plan. The most generous free plan is from ApyHub, offering 2 Million API calls per month for free, PSPDFKit offers 100 calls per month, iLovePDF offers free 250 API Calls Per Month and pdfRest offers 300 API Calls per month.
Most of the providers offer dedicated channels such as Discord, Slack, or Chatbot Agent to their users to ask support questions. ApyHub has a dedicated Discord Server, which lets you interact directly with the support team in addition to email support. Whereas PSPDFKit, iLovePDF and pdfRest have email-based support.
Below is a summary of the comparison of the providers I looked at.
|Provider||# Calls (Free)||Input Format||Customization||File Size||Pricing ( Paid )||Throttling|
|ApyHub||Upto 2M calls in the free plan||Image & Text||Opacity, Font Size, Angle||50 MB||Starting from 10 EUR/month. Custom pricing plan for Enterprises.||1 call/s in the free plan|
|PSPDFKit||100 Calls Per Month||Image & Text||Dimension, Font, Opacity, Text Color, Text Size, Rotation, Font Style||5 MB||Starting from 73 EUR/month.||1 call/in the free plan|
|PDFRest||300 Calls per Month||Image & Text||Font, Opacity, Text Color, Text Size, Rotation, Offset||2 MB||Starting from 8 EUR/month.||1 call/s in the free plan|
|iLovePDF||250 Calls per Month||Image & Text||Pages, Opacity, Position, Mosaic, Rotation, Font, Text Color||1 GB||Starting from 38 EUR/month||1 call/in the free plan|
While all the providers offer PDF watermarking APIs, each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, the best API for your specific requirements will depend on factors such as the level of customization needed, developer support, and budget constraints. We recommend exploring each provider's offerings in more detail to determine the best fit for your needs.
This is the third article I wrote on the subject of watermarking. Read here to see my comparison of the top Image watermarking providers and video watermarking providers.
Do you agree with our list of the above API Providers? What do you think is the best watermarking API? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
*Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed are solely based on the research and may vary based on individual experiences and preferences.